Deputy Speaker Ajith Rajapaksa stated in the Parliament today (07) that the Supreme Court has issued a ruling, indicating specific voting requirements for the Online Security bill.
According to Deputy Speaker Rajapaksa, the Supreme Court has determined that certain clauses of the online security bill must be passed by a special majority in Parliament. However, the Court has also specified that the bill can be enacted by a simple majority if it is amended during the Committee stage to align with the proposed amendments in accordance with the Supreme Court’s decision concerning several clauses.
Furthermore, Deputy Speaker Ajith Rajapaksa informed the Parliament that the Supreme Court has deemed the bill and its provisions as consistent with the Constitution, provided the specified amendments are addressed. This clarification from the Supreme Court sheds light on the legislative process for the online security bill.